The transformation of X Factor!

14 October 2008


What with our newly-founded crush on Cheryl Cole, the astounding style-overs of the wannabe winners, not to mention the contestants themselves, suddenly staying in on a Saturday is the new going out... Of course, we couldn't wait to get backstage and get you the REAL gossip. Ben Mohapi, who's in charge of the contestant's hair confirmed that everyone loves Cheryl, no-one liked Girlband's disastrous shiny, sequined dresses on Saturday and Louis is the nicest man ever. But frankly, we can't get enough of the new, improved X-Factor - so here's some unapologetically gratuitous before and after shots of X Factor...

Mentor: Cheryl Cole
With Geordie lass Cheryl Cole as their mentor these girls couldn't be happier, and with voices like theirs we're predicting they'll be battling it out amongst themselves for a place in the final.

Name: Alexandra
Age: 20
Audition song: Saving All My Love For You by Whitney Houston
Style: Sassy power-ballad singer who wowed audiences last week in a all-over sequinned mini-dress. "As soon as Alexandra sings, she's like this amazing diva," said Ben. "We thought she should be ultra glam so used lots of extensions that we fine weaved into her natural hair then slicked it back into a high ponytail using loads of Tigi products."

Name: Diana
Age: 17
Audition song: The Blower's Daughter by Damien Rice
Style: With her angelic voice and quirky style this girl is a breath of fresh air amongst her predictable rivals

Name: Laura
Age: 21
Audition song: Somebody else's guy
Style: With a voice that would given even Amy Winehouse a run for her money, this girl has been tipped for the top.

Mentor: Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell didn't appear too pleased with his chosen group of the boys this year but we're guessing he won't go down without a fight.

Name: Scott
Age: 19
Audition song: You'll Never Walk Alone by Gerry and The Pacemakers
Style: Having previously worked at Butlins this guy left his blue coat behind and made his first appearance on stage looking groomed and stylish in a tailored jacket and jeans.

Name: Austin
Age: 22
Audition song: The End Of The Road by Boyz II Men
Style: His mentor Simon has been enthusiastic about this guy from day one though thought his teary eye might hold him back. Having dyed his hair and smartening up his look, he certainly upped his game on Saturday night.

Name: Eoghan
Age: 15
Audition song: Home by Micheal Buble
Style: At 15 years old, with his blond hair, blue eyes and a little touch of styling to his hair, Eoghan appeared confidence as he nailed John Lennon's version of Imagine on Saturday night.

Mentor: Louis Walsh
Louis seemed more than happy to have taken on the three groups and seems pretty sure his unofficial favourite group will go all the way.

Name: Badlashes
Age: 23, 21, 20, 19
Audition song: Crazy by Gnarles Barkley
Style: Their rock chick look and super-sleek hairstyles just weren't enough to save these girls from being voted out of the first live show.

Name: Girlband
Age: 22, 19, 19, 17
Audition song: Stop by Sam Brown
Style: With their matching outfits and colourful costumes these girls have all of their mentor Louis Walsh's faith in them.

Name: JLS
Age: 23, 21, 21, 20
Audition song: If I ever by East 17
Style: Smooth and immaculately presented, these guys didn't need much styling.

Mentor: Dannii Minogue                                  
As Danni battles it our with fellow judge Cheryl Cole for headlines she appears confident her over 25's will put up quite a fight to guarantee a place in  the finals.

Name: Daniel
Age: 38
Audition song: Sometimes When We Touch by Dan Hill
Style: In his audition he brought a tear to our eye - but now with highlights and trainers a thing of the past, Daniel looked smart in a classic suit for his first live show.

Name: Rachel
Age: 26
Audition song: I know I'm No Good by Amy Winehouse
Style: This tough cookie has had a hard time in the past, but appears to have put all of this behind her with possibly the biggest transformation when she appeared in a tailored grey suit and new shorter hair style for her first live show.

Name: Ruth
Age: 25
Audition song: Natural Woman by Carole King
Style: With her tousled hair and sexy curves, this Spaniard has been wooing judge Simon Cowell and definitely made an impact in her low cut-Grecian dress on Saturday night.

Watch this space all week as we bring you all the secrets behind their transformations!



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